The main mission of the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics ·MAS· in Chile
is to prepare the astronomical community for the upcoming large telescopes
with state-of-the-art data analysis techniques.
MAS anticipates the flourishing of synergies between astronomers,
statisticians, scientific questions and data, in order to optimally tackle
the large data volumes that will increasingly characterize Astronomy in years
MAS expects to have a leading role in a number of high-profile surveys, like
the VISTA Variables in the Via Lactea Survey (VVV), an ESO Public Survey,
which has been running since 2010 with prominent results. Half of our 12
senior astronomers are active members of the VVV Survey.
We also collaborate in the HATSouth Network of six identical, fully automated
wide field telescopes, located at three Southern sites (Chile: Las Campanas,
Australia: Siding Springs, and Namibia: HESS site), as well as in the
Chicago/Florida/Texas/MAS network, where astronomers with a variety of
expertise to confront SN theory and observation in a holistic manner.
Also, scientists from the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics MAS are
analyzing big data, such as size, brightness or color of the objects found by
SDSS, which currently has three surveys in progress: eBOSS, APOGEE-2 and